How do we parent?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

I really liked this video. I have seen it before. I guess it reminds me of someone I know all too well.
The natural mother in me wants to parent like the video. Do this! Do that right now, because I said so...... Feed the dog and cat, and be home by eight.I ran into to this quote last week and feel in love with it and would like to see myself parent more like it. But the natural mom within me wants to take the lead some days. Well, I guess that is why they have the word sorry. Each day to try to do better than the previous day. Knowing there will be good days and not so good days.

President Joseph F. Smith said: “Fathers, if you wish your children to be taught in the principles of the gospel, if you wish them to love the truth and understand it, if you wish them to be obedient to and united with you, love them! And prove to them that you do love them by every word or act to them. For your own sake, for the love that should exist between you and your children—however wayward they might be, or one or the other might be, when you speak or talk to them, do it not in anger; do it not harshly, in a condemning spirit. Speak to them kindly; get them down and weep with them, if necessary … Soften their hearts; get them to feel tenderly towards you. Use no lash and no violence … approach them with reason, with persuasion and love unfeigned. With these means, if you cannot gain your boys and your girls … there will be no means left in the world by which you can win them.” (Elders Journal, Joseph F. Smith, 10.17.1911.)


Amanda February 13, 2009 at 2:03 PM  

I think I needed to hear that! I love that song and I often feel like that woman! I want to me more like the other though!Thanks for sharing!